Hey y'all! Today the amazing Amanda from Short & Sweet Reviews has an equally amazing guest post! Enjoy & Happy Reading!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~How did you get introduced to the book blogging community? For me, I had used up all the books in my small town library. I wasn't a fan of adult fiction, though I am nearing 30, mainly because I wasn't a fan of all of the sex and violence in books. I still loved the simplicity and imagination of YA, but other than what was on my library shelves- I had no idea what was out there. I tried looking on Amazon, but didn't have much luck. I joined Goodreads and found Kristi from the Story Siren and MundieMoms.
I was flabbergasted! There were other adults out there who felt the way I did about YA literature! (This was before the massive Twilight boom). I found myself drawn to their blogs- and then the blogs they linked to. I was finding so many books to add to my to-read list! Now, I have to be honest and say- I was already a voracious reader BEFORE I started looking at book blogs- but reading book blogs got me out of the narrow genres I read and introduced me to books that I would have never looked twice at.
So do book blogs and book bloggers matter? Absolutely. Social media is one of the biggest forms of advertising today- and blogging fits into that. We in the book blogging community- whether you write or simply read blogs- are that- a COMMUNITY. We affect each other, encourage each other, and influence each other. Do we make a difference in "big name" authors? Probably not as much. But I believe 100% that we make a difference with smaller authors or books that are not being heavily publicized. Book bloggers can and do make a difference!
Have you ever been influenced to buy or read a book after reading a review on this blog? Another blog? We would love to hear your comments below!
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